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Morning Mound Visit: Padres sign Jake Arrieta for some reason

Padres need pitching; Cubs and Reds in the corn; Spin rate gainers

Chicago Cubs v Washington Nationals Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images

Jeremy Brener | Gaslamp Ball: The Padres have signed the recently released Jake Arrieta. If you’re wondering if the Padres see something in him or if this is purely out of desperation, it’s probably the latter. Arrieta hasn’t been good since 2018, and he pitched to a 6.88 ERA in 20 starts with the Cubs. San Diego has about eighteen starting pitchers on the injured list with Yu Darvish being the latest addition.

Al Yellon | Bleed Cubbie Blue: The Field of Dreams game was apparently a huge hit, so MLB is bringing it back in 2022. Next season, the Cubs and Reds will get the honor of flying to Iowa to play a baseball game on a recreated movie set.

Brian Menéndez | Baseball Prospectus $: Since the league has cracked down on foreign substances, spin rates around the league have dropped. At least, they’ve dropped in the aggregate. Certain individuals have actually gained spin rate while most others have lost.

Quick Hits

Brett Phillips, a very good boy, hit an inside-the-park homer.

Joey Votto got his 2,000th hit in a rout of the Cubs.

Jorge Polanco walked it off for the Twins for the second day in a row.